About The Tour

Australia: 9 DAYS. Climb over Sydney Harbor Bridge. Watch surfers at Bondi Beach. Hold a koala. Go snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy spectacular sunset and sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). Visit Victorian College for the Deaf, the oldest deaf school in operation since 1860, in Melbourne. See the penguin parade at Phillip Island.

New Zealand: 13 DAYS. Stunning natural wonders, charming towns, and more sheep than people on land. Be in awe of Queenstown and its surrounding landscapes. Learn about Maori culture. Visit Waitangi, the oldest settlement. See volcanoes, boiling mud and geysers near Rotorua. Feast your eyes upon glowworms inside Waitomo Caves.

This tour begins in Sydney and ends in Auckland.

Price

$6,100 USD per person/double occupancy (for a group of 8 persons)

Plus approximately $1,200 USD for 5 domestic airfares

$500 USD deposit per person is required to reserve space on a first come, first serve basis.

The remaining balance must be paid in full 90 days before the first day of the tour.

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This tour begins in Sydney and ends in Auckland.

B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner

JANUARY 6 • • •
Arrival into Sydney. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to hotel to rest up. Welcome dinner. Stay in Sydney for 3 nights. D

JANUARY 7 • • •
We do a grand tour of Sydney, including the City Hall, Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Habour and boat tour around Sydney Harbour. B

JANUARY 8 • • •
Relax and explore Sydney with optional activities – shopping, Taronga Zoo, Surry Hill Galleries as well as Oxford and William Streets. Also a chance of swimming at Bondi Beach. OPTIONAL: Do the amazing BridgeClimb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (which would take approximately 3.5 hours). B

JANUARY 9 • • •
We fly west to Yulara. Walk around the sacred site of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock). Evening sunset of Uluru. Weather permitting, we experience a 3 course dinner under the stars. Stay at Yulara. D

JANUARY 10 • • •
Rise early to see the sunrise of Uluru. Learn about Aborigines at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Then fly north to Cairns (via either Brisbane or Sydney). Swim at the saltwater lagoon on the esplanade. Stay in Cairns for 3 nights.

JANUARY 11 • • •
Ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda. Get the opportunity to hold a koala and see kangaroos. Return via Kuranda Scenic Railway.

JANUARY 12 • • •
Today, we have some optional activities: 1) An all day catamaran boat trip to a floating deck at the Great Barrier Reef for some diving/snorkeling as well as riding in a semi-submersible. 2) Go skydiving. 3) Take a hike to Glacier Rock Lookout or Behana Gorge Waterfall. 4) Go sea kayaking. 5) Free leisure time.

JANUARY 13 • • •
Fly down to Melbourne in the morning. Free time for lunch and shopping. By late afternoon, we head down to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade at dusk (as they arrive back to shore from spending all day feeding in the ocean). Stay in Melbourne for 2 nights. D

JANUARY 14 • • •
See the colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Visit the Victorian College for the Deaf, established by a deaf man in 1860. We leave our hotel around 12:30 pm for an amazing late lunch experience, which would take 2 hours. D

JANUARY 15 • • •
We fly out to Queenstown. Drive for 2 hours to Te Anau to check into hotel. Take a lakeside stroll to town for an awesome pizza dinner. Stay in Te Anau. D

JANUARY 16 • • •
Rise up early and take a morning cruise at Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown. Be sure not to miss the one and the only Fergburger for dinner. Stay in Queenstown for 3 nights. B,D

JANUARY 17 • • •
Morning drive on breath-taking scenic Glenorchy route. Lunch at the quaint Glenorchy Cafe. OPTIONAL: thrilling ride on Shotover Jet boat, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning, trail-walking, fishing, shopping, bungee jumping, boating and more. L

JANUARY 18 • • •
Drive to visit two charming towns, Wanaka and Arrowtown. In the late afternoon, we take a Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with awe-spiring views as well as take up a thrilling luge ride (for all ages). D

JANUARY 19 • • •
We fly north to Auckland late in the morning. Then drive 1.5 hours south to Hamilton.

JANUARY 20 • • •
After breakfast, we take a 1.5 hour drive to Otorohanga to see kiwi birds. Waitomo Caves and ride on an underground boat to see thousands of glowworms, then Ruakuri Cave. Drive 2 hours to Rotorua. Stay in Rotorua for 3 nights. B

JANUARY 21 • • •
See boiling mud and exploding geysers at Waiotapu. Then a scenic ride down south to visit beautiful Lake Taupo, including Aratiatia Rapids and Huka Falls. Eat huge prawns for lunch. Return to Rotorua. Experience an exciting Maori performance dinner. B,D

JANUARY 22 • • •
In the morning, we visit Hobbiton in Matamata. After lunch, we head back north. Stay in Auckland.

JANUARY 23 • • •
Ride to famous Northland area into seaside town, Paihia, in beautiful Bay of Islands. Visit historic site where Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Relax and explore Paihia and its surroundings. Stay in Paihia for 2 nights.

JANUARY 24 • • •
Ride on the sandy 90 Mile Beach to the “Top of New Zealand” where the Cape Reinga lighthouse is. Go sandboarding. Marvel the unique seascape.

JANUARY 25 • • •
After breakfast, we return to Auckland. Free time in afternoon in downtown Auckland. Dinner at a restaurant on North Wharf. Attend a deaf club and mingle with Deaf Kiwis. Stay in Auckland. D

JANUARY 26 • • •
Free time in the morning before our farewell lunch at Sky Tower. Then head to the airport for your evening flights. L